7 Questions OB-GYNs Say You Think You Know The Answers To But Likely Don’t
Between talking to girlfriends and female family members, flipping through magazines, and searching for answers on the internet, many women think they know quite a bit about women's reproductive health. And while it's not wrong to learn from others or take to the computer to learn new information, it's important to remember that just because you got an answer doesn't mean that the answer was correct. There are all kinds of questions OB-GYNs say you think you know the answers to, but likely don't, and they want to set the record straight.
"This scenario of patients looking up symptoms and already having a diagnosis is quite common in this day and age where the internet offers a robust source of information," Dr. Tami Prince, MD, an OB-GYN, the owner of Women’s Health and Wellness Center of Georgia, and a medical director with U.S. HealthWorks/Concentra, tells Romper in an email exchange. "Much of this information is erroneous. It is hard for lay people to know if what they are reading is true or not. It is up to us as physicians to help them navigate this overwhelming wealth of information."
Prince says that while she encourages her patients to be proactive, ask questions, and do research, she also thinks that guiding them to certain websites where she knows the information is solid can be quite helpful. Dr. Sierra Washington, MD, FACOG, an OB-GYN and associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the University of California San Diego, tells Romper that she also tries to guide her patients to certain sources where she's confident that the information will be accurate.
"I think what I tend to tell my patients is, ‘you can find anything to support any theory on the internet and you can find anything to refute any theory on the internet,’ and so the internet is a great resource, but you have to know the reputable sources in which to look," she adds.
Though you might think that you have all the answers, you may be surprised to find out that you don't always have the entire story. Romper enlisted a few OB-GYNs to help set the record straight.